Why Do We Take Pictures?
- To create
- To capture moments from your point of view
- We don’t trust our memories
- It’s easier than explaining
- To record history/ document our lives to say “I have lived!”
- We want others to witness our lives
Why do YOU take pictures? I think it's an important question to ask yourself. Is it for yourself? Is it for others? Is it a creative endeavor? A personal one?
I think answering this question honestly will help you to get the most out of every photograph you take, and to be more decisive about which to keep!
In my life, I see each photograph as a historical document. Our photographs reflect history; they inform us, change our impressions of our relatives, and tell the story of our families. I look at my photographs as a part of my family history. I mean, looking at a photograph can tell a story that words alone couldn't do justice to.
Take a look at your photos. Which are you FAVORITES? Why? What do you love about them?
Figuring out why you take pictures is the first step to improving your photography. Are you someone who loves lots of saturated color in your photos? Does the background tell part of your stories? What role does light play in your favorite photos? Do your favorite photos feature a close-up of your subject, or does the background feature more? Do your favorite photos evoke a lot of emotion? Are they playful? Are they candids, or posed?
Take a moment today to look through your photos, your albums, your pictures on the wall. Ask yourself, WHY do I love this photo? Why do I hate it? WHY do I take pictures? You may be surprised at the answers!